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ValaiPoo (Plantain flower) Poriyal

After long time managed to find Valaipoo  was contemplating whether to use it for vada or new reciepe I saw or was thinking about (soup) or poriyal by looking at size of the flower I thought we can try both Soup and Poriyal by the time finish cutting realized only Poriyal can be done. So here you go

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Drumstick Kurma

When I looked at the fridge yesterday to decide what to do for lunch, realized we had lot of sambar vegetables. However our kids prefer other things to sambar (like kurma, mixed rice etc..) Also was thinking of drumstick kurma my mum used to make so want to try again. I have to call home to get recipe from her.

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Hi Everyone wanted to post this for quite sometime but only now got chance to do so. All these years during Pongal due to early school timing for the kids and office timings we celebrate Pongal only in the evenings (even though we know it need to be done early in the morning) After very long time Thai Pongal came during weekend. I thought it is not going to be difficult to negotiate with kids to have Pongal for morning breakfast to my surprise they have happily agreed. So I have decided to put Pongal in the morning. We did both White and Sakarai Pongal. To my surprise we also got sugar cane, turmeric and ginger at our downstairs market (normally we can get these only if we go to ''Little India"").. It is no where close to what we used to celebrate back home but this is the closest we can get. 

History of Thai Pongal

Thai Pongal (Tamilதைப்பொங்கல்) is a harvest festival celebrated by Tamilians in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the Indian Union Territory of Pondicherry  and Sri Lanka.  Pongal is traditionally dedicated to the Sun God Surya, and marks the beginning of the northward journey of the Sun from its southernmost-limit, a movement traditionally referred to as uttarayana. It coincides with the festival Makara Sankranthi celebrated throughout India as the winter harvest, and is usually held from January 13–15 in the Gregorian calendar i.e. from the last day of the Tamil month Maargazhi to the third day of Thai.

In Chinese and Vietnamese tradition they also do similar things but in different time of the year - 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar.  Pin It Now!

African Violet

When I walk past my collegue desk in the office, I got attracted to the flower plant that is in the photo due to few things, it looked like prefectly arranged flower bouquet and the bright color.  When I touched I realized this is real one and the whole plant started from one leaf. It is called African Violet.Now everyone has one pot of this in the office....It is really amazing

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Avocado(guacamole) Salad

Hi today I wanted to try out something different with our favorite Avocado. Got this idea when I was making dosa for our dinner. With my kids and husband already on the dinner table I would like to try something quick. It turnout to be pretty good I have to reserve my portion :-)


·         1 avocado, diced
·         1/2 Carrot, grated
·         1/2 red onion, diced
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Red Onion Chutney


·         4 Onions
·         Dry red pepper / Red Chillies
·         2 tsp Tamarind paste
·         Oil for frying ( I have used Olive Oil)

For Seasoning:

·         3 tsp Urad dal 
·         1 tsp mustrad seeds 
·         Curry leaves - a sprig
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Bajra Roti

I normally look for opportunity to include grains as part our meal. Also try to include healthy replacement for white rice wherever possible. Yesterday tried Bajra roti with Onion Chutney. It is a runaway hit with my second son.

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About This Blog

Hi There!

I am Veena living in great tropical paradise of Singapore. I am busy working mum with 2 great kids and a wonderful husband. I am quite busy and my days are very long with tons of things do (as usual the list never end).
I can hear you guys asking then why do you start this blog? Well, In one of our meetings when the facilitator asked us to introduce and tell more from personal side like hobbies I realized all my hobbies become 'used to be'. Now my life more revolving around work, work and work. I realized need to break that and do something completely different at the same time pick up back the hobby (Photography, Playing badminton and Cooking) Also my second son used to tell me some of the good recipe from my mum and MIL need to be learned and passed on to next generations (valid request). So why not combine old hobbies to make new hobby.. 

When I first got married I didn't even know the difference between different dhals or even vegetables. When I first moved into SG I brought bitter gourd thinking that is chow-chow.. Don't worry now I hope I can do better than that

Also with the busy schedule people always look for more and more easy ways yet healthy and nutritious food. People are becoming more health conscious. I will try to provide some quick short cut wherever possible.
I am not good at getting brand new recipes more of taking from base but change it provide more balanced option wherever possible

Any feedback or any new things you want me try you can leave your comments on this blog!

This is my first experience in the blogging. Till now I am not even very active in social network sites as well.. So bear with me. I am sure this is going to be good learning experience.

I hope you like what you see and travel with me in this journey. Browse around, have fun.
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